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Summary & Highlights

Welcome to Linchpin Intranet Suite 4.0!

The Linchpin Intranet Suite 4.0 release contains many new features, improvements and a number of bugfixes.

We prepared a short summary of the most important changes, so you can keep track of them. To learn more about a specific topic, simply use the navigation to jump to that part of the release notes.





Let's have a look at Linchpin User Profiles and the new OrgCharts again, which have been introduced in Linchpin Suite 3.4. They have been improved so you can now add the most important hierarchies to the people directory. In addition, you can use the new org charts macro to directly show smaller parts of your organization in the context where they are needed.

Speaking of the people directory: We have improved the search and filter capabilities of the people directory to support more field types, so it is easier to find people in your organization.
In addition, we have made several improvements to the LDAP and XML imports. The usability for both has been improved and it is easier to identify challenges.


In our Microblog, we have updated the capabilities to handle content and attachments. It is a lot more intuitive to share images, videos, PDFs and other files in a micropost. In order to do that, content and attachments are now visually separated. Drag and Drop your files onto the post and they will be added as a list or gallery at the end of the micropost, where they can be easily downloaded by other users.

There is also something else to share in Microblog posts now: Linchpin Events can be added to a micropost, allowing users to see the event details and sign up for it right there. Events now also display whether the event is happening onsite, exclusively remote, or a mix of the two. Additional information about each event has also been added to the notification mails that you receive.


Linchpin Mobile now offers the mobile Event hub, where you can explore and interact with all events on the go! The event macros are available as well and you can easily sign up to events everywhere. The mobile version of the Microblog was updated as well, so you can benefit from all improvements made to the desktop version of the microblog as well.


Introducing: Collapsible Admin Menu. We're very excited to integrate this free app of ours into the Linchpin Intranet Suite, since we use it on all our Linchpin installations anyway. It reorganizes the administration sidebar for Confluence admins, includes a search bar and makes it easier to find those menu entries that you are looking for. The configuration sections for Linchpin apps have been reorganized with a focus on grouping related items together.






Important

When updating from a version before 2.0.1, or from versions 3.0.0 / 3.0.1, you might be affected by an issue that could cause the installation or the update of the Linchpin Intranet Suite to hang. Please follow the steps described in our knowledge base, prior to updating.





Onboarding, Pings & Manager

Linchpin Pings now offers a new module to show simple text messages.
The Linchpin Manager app that was deprecated in Linchpin Suite 3.4.0 is no longer included.

Changes

  • The Linchpin Manager app, which has been deprecated for quite some time, is no longer included in the Linchpin Intranet Suite. Starting with this release, personalization features across all Linchpin apps will only work if the Linchpin Suite is installed and has a valid license. After the update it is safe to uninstall the Linchpin Manager app.


New features

  • We introduced a new Linchpin Pings module for simple text messages. Use this to make general announcements, introduce new features, link to important content or anything else that crosses your mind.


Bugfixes

  • We fixed some minor user interface flaw. The Linchpin Pings dialog will now hold back so it doesn't cover other dialogs that are already open. It will of course return once you turn the page and the coast is clear (wink)




User Profiles

This release of Linchpin User Profiles adds many improvements in the people directory and the org charts. We also made the profile data synchronisation easier for your administrators.

New features

  • Finding the right people is now easier than ever with the new people directory search and filters. Almost all profile field types are now searchable, and the search results update in real-time.
  • Show org charts in the people directory for one or more top-level users.
  • Use the new org chart macro to display team structures on any page.


Improvements

  • We have deprecated the field type "LDAP". Use text fields with LDAP data source instead, see https://seibert.biz/userprofilesldapfield.
  • When changing a profile field with LDAP or XML data source, you can start a sync right from the configuration page. We will also remind you that in some cases it's useful to deactivate the incremental LDAP sync.
  • When configuring profile pictures to be retrieved from URLs, you can directly check the availability and run the sync. Also, users can start the profile picture sync for themselves from their profile when they see that profile picture and small avatar don't match anymore.
  • We clarified the configuration of LDAP directories and incremental sync a little bit.


Bugfixes

  • Allow translating the Linchpin Onboarding module content again.
  • Fields of type "user" now correctly display the full name in the profile macro or vcard.
  • We don't display placeholders anymore when you can't edit your phone number.
  • Several visual fixes.




Microblogging for Confluence

With the improved handling of attachments of all kinds, it is easier and more intuitive than ever to share attachments like images, videos or documents with the Microblog. In addition it is now possible to share Linchpin events and Confluence pages directly in the microblog, thus generating more attention for the most important content of your social intranet.

New features

  • Image gallery for consistent appearance of images in the microblog (1-4+ images).
  • Videos can be embedded as players via video URL if the video service supports this.
  • A new and easier to use preview of images was implemented.


Improvements

  • Content and attachments of microposts are displayed separately, which makes the usability and visibility of the content clear and simple.
  • File attachments are attached to a micropost as a file list and can be easily downloaded.
  • Multi-upload of files is now possible via Drag&Drop and the upload buttons.
  • Changing the Microblog topic is now possible for existing posts.


Bugfixes

  • Fixed problems with the attachment handling when deleting Confluence spaces.




Navigation & Theming

This update contains some bugfixes and handy improvements to the logo handling and the Linchpin sidebar customization.

Improvements

  • Set the logo image of your system much more intuitively and easier than ever before
  • Adapt the order of sidebar modules to your needs and increase the usage efficiency
  • Color the teaser macro in neutral grey
  • Adds color support for an upcoming feature of Linchpin Events


Bugfixes

  • Fixes wrong font color on primary buttons, which incorrectly corresponded to the configured link color in some cases
  • Fixes a bug that caused external links with a hash sign to be cut off
  • We talked to the Teaser macro and convinced it to only display its preview once.
  • When editing a page and searching for text, occurrences now reliably scroll into view.




News

This version improves the support for tabs macros from Aura and Confluence apps by other vendors. It also includes a new module type in news magazines.

New features

  • Image modules in your news magazines, which can be filled with internal or external content


Improvements


Bugfixes

  • News teaser images will now always be upright, no matter which way you held your camera
  • We improved the color differences between the states of the Like icons in Corporate and Personal News Feed




Events

This release introduces basic support for remote and hybrid events. As mentioned before, you can now share events to the Microblog to display event details and let your users easily sign-up for it. Is your event remote-only? No problem! A remote indicator lets your users now about it. 

New features

  • Remote & hybrid events: Remote and hybrid events now use an indicator to show what type of event it is. Additionally, there's a new event field that can be used to provide a videoconference URL to all event participants.
  • Share events to Microblog: Users can now share events directly to the microblog by creating a new post from the event hub or event macros. The shared event displays all information and offers a way to sign up with one click.

Improvements

  • Email notifications now contain additional information about the respective event.

Bugfixes

  • This release fixes an issue with event cards flickering when accessing the event hub.
  • This release fixes a rare issue that prevented users from adding an event macro to a page.
  • This release fixes a security issue with email notifications.
  • This release fixes a crash issue for users of Internet Explorer 11 and older versions of Microsoft Edge.
    In order to prevent future issues, events shared to the Microblog are only being displayed in a reduced variant for users running IE11 and older versions of Edge.




Launchpad

This release includes Data Center improvements and addresses some bugs that have been reported.

Improvements

  • Caching optimization for data center

Bugfixes

  • New apps are immediately visible across all nodes in data center environments
  • Changes to visibility filters apply immediately
  • Fixes issues with internal app links in search results on instances using a context path




Mobile

We integrated health checks for the Linchpin Mobile Gateway and Java Keystore, and we expanded the connection logging to improve our support.

With the accompanying app version, you can finally discover events while on the go and sign up easily. We have also redesigned the mobile microblog for you: Pictures, galleries, videos, file attachments, shared pages and events now provide improved interactions and look even better. Last but not least, we have fixed some bugs and optimized the overall app performance.

New features

  • Integrated health checks for the Linchpin Mobile Gateway and Java Keystore.
  • Mobile Event hub: Discover exciting events, check all important information and sign up for events directly via the app.


Improvements

  • Logging improvements
  • Improvements for Confluence comments in the Linchpin Mobile app
  • Microblog: Images, galleries, videos, file attachments, shared pages and events have been completely revised. Access file attachments from the microblog, view multiple images in the new galleries, and sign up directly for events.
  • Event macros: You can now sign-up for events, which are integrated into pages and news articles, directly from the app and access all event details.
  • Comments: We have improved the loading behaviour of comments to news articles and pages. We also fixed a bug that allowed a maximum of 100 comments to be displayed.


Bugfixes

  • Fixes a bug that caused the app to crash immediately after startup when FaceID was enabled.
  • Fixes a bug where microblog posts always showed the timestamp of the last reply instead of the original creation date.
  • Fixes a bug that caused an empty result list when searching for "&" and other special characters.








Complete changelog

Here is a complete overview of all the changes, features, improvements and bugfixes we are releasing now with our Linchpin Intranet Suite 4.0.

Security

  • 4.0.1 We fixed security issues that were reported to us via Atlassian's Bug Bounty program.

Changes

  • The Linchpin Manager app, which has been deprecated for quite some time, is no longer included in the Linchpin Intranet Suite. The personalization feature in all Linchpin apps will only work if the Linchpin Suite is installed and has a valid license. After the update it is safe to uninstall the Linchpin Manager app.

New features

  • Find the right people easier than ever with the new people directory search and filters. Almost all profile field types are now searchable, and the search results update in real-time.
  • Show org charts in the people directory for one or more top-level users.
  • Use the new org chart macro to display team structures on any page.
  • Link image modules in your news magazines with internal or external content
  • Remote & hybrid events: Remote and hybrid events now use an indicator to show what type of event it is. Additionally, there's a new event field that can be used to provide a videoconference URL to all event participants.
  • Share events to Microblog: Users can now share events directly to the microblog by creating a new post from the event hub or event macros. The post displays all event information and offers a way to sign-up with one click.
  • Integrated health checks for the Linchpin Mobile Gateway and Java Keystore

Improvements

  • We have deprecated the field type "LDAP". Use text fields with LDAP data source instead, see https://seibert.biz/userprofilesldapfield.
  • When changing a profile field with LDAP or XML data source, you can start a sync right from the configuration page. We will also remind you that in some cases it's useful to deactivate the incremental LDAP sync.
  • When configuring profile pictures to be retrieved from URLs, you can directly check the availability and run the sync. Also, users can start the profile picture sync for themselves from their profile when they see that profile picture and small avatar don't match anymore.
  • We clarified the configuration of LDAP directories and incremental sync a little bit.
  • Set the logo image of your system much more intuitively and easier than ever before
  • Adapt the order of sidebar modules to your needs and increase the usage efficiency
  • Color the teaser macro in neutral grey
  • Adds color support for an upcoming feature of Linchpin Events
  • Use news macros in the tabs our partner app Aura has introduced recently
  • Email notifications now contain additional information about the respective event.
  • Logging improvements in Linchpin Mobile
  • Improvements for Confluence comments in the Linchpin Mobile app
  • Content and attachments of microposts are displayed separately, which makes the usability and visibility of the content clear and simple
  • Image gallery for consistent appearance of images in the microblog (1-4+ Images)
  • Videos can be loaded as players via video URL
  • File attachments are attached to a micropost as a file list and can be easily downloaded
  • Multi-Upload of files is now possible via Drag&Drop and the upload buttons
  • A new and easier to use preview of images was implemented
  • Changing the Microblog Topic afterwards is now possible
  • Caching optimization for data center
  • 4.0.1 We have ensured compatibility with Confluence 7.10.

    PLEASE NOTE: To prevent failing updates, please ensure that you have at least version 2.19.1 of Linchpin Theme installed. If not, update to the latest possible app version for your current Confluence version (at least 2.19.1) first, and only after that update to this version.

    PLEASE NOTE: To prevent failing updates, please ensure that you have at least version 1.4 of Linchpin Enterprise News installed. If not, first update to 1.4 and then further. 

Bugfixes

  • Allow translating the Linchpin Onboarding module content again.
  • Fields of type "user" now correctly display the full name in the profile macro or vcard.
  • We don't display placeholders anymore when you can't edit your phone number.
  • Several visual fixes.
  • Fixes the wrong font color on primary buttons, which incorrectly corresponded to the configured link color
  • Fixes a bug that caused external links with a hash sign to be cut off
  • News teaser images will now always be upright, no matter which way you held your camera
  • We improved the color differences between the states of the Like icons in Corporate and Personal News Feed
  • This release fixes an issue with event cards flickering when accessing the event hub.
  • This release fixes a rare issue that prevented users from adding an event macro to a page.
  • This release fixes a security issue with email notifications.
  • Fixed problems with deleting spaces in Microblog
  • New apps are immediately visible across all nodes in data center.
  • Changes to visibility filters immediately apply.
  • Problems with internal app links in search results on instances with context path
  • This release fixes a crash issue for users of Internet Explorer 11. In order to prevent future issues, events shared to the Microblog are only being displayed in a reduced variant for users running IE 11.
  • This release fixes an issue with Microsoft SQL databases resulting in no events being displayed after upgrading from a previous 3.x version of Linchpin Events.
  • This release fixes an issue with Microsoft SQL databases resulting in no events being displayed after upgrading from a previous 3.x version of Linchpin Events.
  • We talked to the Teaser macro and convinced it to only display its preview once.
  • When editing a page and searching for text, occurrences now reliably scroll into view.
  • 4.0.1 We fixed display errors of profile pictures in various places.
  • 4.0.1 You can configure profile editors for groups whose name contains special characters now.
  • 4.0.1 We fixed the sorting of dependent field mappings within the profile editor.
  • 4.0.1 We fixed some issues regarding saving options for dependent and select fields.
  • 4.0.1 We fixed the issue with the automatic update of user profiles when changing dependent fields.
  • 4.0.1 We fixed some stability issues when using LDAP picture data.
  • 4.0.1 We fixed an issue regarding dragging profile sections between columns.
  • 4.0.1 We removed the fuzzy search when searching for user names in the People Directory.
  • 4.0.1 We fixed a bug which caused the People Directory and the Content Responsibility macro to display all user e-mails, even if the settings forbid it (i.e. settings set to "only visible to site administrators").
  • 4.0.1 We talked to the Teaser macro and convinced it to only display its preview once.
  • 4.0.1 When editing a page and searching for text, occurrences now reliably scroll into view.
  • 4.0.1 The logo size input field won't jump to "10" anymore if you try to enter a number.




Linchpin Intranet Suite 4.0.1

Version 4.0.1 of the Linchpin Intranet Suite is a patch release. We ensured compatibility with Confluence 7.10 and fixed several bugs.

Security

  • We fixed security issues that were reported to us via Atlassian's Bug Bounty program.

Improvements

  • We have ensured compatibility with Confluence 7.10.

    PLEASE NOTE: To prevent failing updates, please ensure that you have at least version 2.19.1 of Linchpin Theme installed. If not, update to the latest possible app version for your current Confluence version (at least 2.19.1) first, and only after that update to this version.

    PLEASE NOTE: To prevent failing updates, please ensure that you have at least version 1.4 of Linchpin Enterprise News installed. If not,first update to 1.4 and then further. 

Bugfixes

  • We fixed profile picture display errors in various places.
  • You can configure profile editors for groups whose name contains special characters now.
  • We fixed the sorting of dependent field mappings within the profile editor.
  • We fixed some issues regarding saving options for dependent and select fields.
  • We fixed the issue with the automatic update of user profiles when changing dependent fields.
  • We fixed some stability issues when using LDAP picture data.
  • We fixed an issue regarding dragging profile sections between columns.
  • We removed the fuzzy search when searching for user names in the People Directory.
  • We fixed a bug which caused the People Directory and the Content Responsibility macro to display all user e-mails, even if the settings forbid it (i.e. settings set to "only visible to site administrators").
  • We talked to the Teaser macro and convinced it to only display its preview once.
  • When editing a page and searching for text, occurrences now reliably scroll into view.
  • The logo size input field won't jump to "10" anymore if you try to enter a number.


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